Cowgirl Volleyball Rebounds with Win over Akron

Sept. 9, 2006


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In their final match of the Hilton Las Cruces Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (6-3 overall) wrapped things up on a positive note with a four-game victory (30-24, 28-30, 31-29, 30-18) over the Akron Zips (4-5 overall) on Saturday morning in Las Cruces, N.M.

Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures, including junior Rachel Smith. She recorded a season high 28 kills along with 11 digs and a .387 (28-4-62) hitting percentage. Outside hitter Annie Meyers finished with 18 kills and nine digs followed by Lauren Scott with 12 kills and three block assists, which helped her earn All-Tournament team honors. Freshman Micah Lines led the way with 23 digs. Samantha Eley had 13 digs, while Smith had 11 and Tasha Weishahn had ten. Weishahn also recorded 60 assists. As a team, Wyoming hit .264 (74-26-184), had 76 digs and six total team blocks.

Akron was led by Jennifer Steward with 20 kills and seven digs. She was followed by Brionna Patterson with 16 kills and ten block assists and Colleen Dryja with 12 kills and 14 digs. The Zips hit .230 (59-19-174) for the match and had 15 total team blocks.

"We played a very good match today," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Despite losing the second game I really felt like we were in control the entire match. I was also very happy with the play of several individuals including Rachel Smith, Lauren Scott, who made the All-Tournament team and Micah Lines. We now have a couple of days to focus on the start of Mountain West Conference play."

The Cowgirls took a small three point advantage, 7-4, to begin the early part of game one. Akron answered back with an 8-3 scoring run to take their first lead of the game 12-10. Not to be out done, Wyoming scored the next 9 of 14 to take back the lead, 19-16. The Zips weren't out of it as they battled back to pull within one, 22-21, but the Cowgirls closed it out with another 8-3 run to take the game 30-24.

In game two, Akron was the team to take a three point lead, 7-4. Wyoming scored the next five of nine to pull within one, 10-9 unfortunately the Zips went on a 9-5 run to open up a 19-14 advantage. Akron continued to maintain a four or five point lead through out the game. The Cowgirls did try to battle back in to it but fell short 30-28.

It was back and forth scoring in the early going of game three. With the score all tied up at 10, Akron went on a 5-2 scoring run to open up a three point lead. The Cowgirls responded by scoring the next seven of eight to regain the lead 19-16. Unfortunately the Zips came right back with five straight points to make it a two point game, 21-19. Wyoming eventually tied it up at 22 and then neither team really took more than a one point lead. With it all even at 28, the Cowgirls would score the next three of four to win the game, 31-29.

Wyoming jumped out in the fourth game and took a 9-6 advantage. Two straight points by the Zips pulled them to within one, but Wyoming came back with a 5-2 run to extend their lead to four, 14-10. Akron would bring the score to within two, 15-13, unfortunately for them that would be as close as they would get. The Cowgirls would close out the game with a 15-6 scoring run to win the game 30-18 and the match 3-1.

The Cowgirls will open up 2006 Mountain West Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 14 as they take on the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque.